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Geometric print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Geometric print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Floral print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Floral print on cotton. Late 19th century.

Abstract print on cotton. France. September 9, 1896-1897.

Abstract print on cotton. France. September 9, 1896-1897.

Paisley Jacquard samples. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s.

Paisley Jacquard samples. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s.

Metallic Jacquard sample. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s.

Metallic Jacquard sample. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s.

Floral Jacquard samples. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s.

Floral Jacquard samples. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s.

Jacquard samples. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Jacquard samples. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Striped woven swatch. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Striped woven swatch. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Floral Jacquard woven swatches. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Floral Jacquard woven swatches. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Zigzag Jacquard woven swatch. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Zigzag Jacquard woven swatch. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Multicolor Jacquard woven swatches. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Multicolor Jacquard woven swatches. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Woven swatch. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Woven swatch. Onondaga Mills. Easton, PA. 1960s. 

Gingham cube print on cotton. Pacific. Lawrence, Massachusetts. 1885.

Gingham cube print on cotton. Pacific. Lawrence, Massachusetts. 1885.

Swiss ribbons from 1875-1880.

Swiss ribbons from 1875-1880.

Pantone named Radiant Orchid as the color of 2014.  Love the color’s use in this swatch from the late 19th century!

Geometric print on cotton. France. September 9, 1896-1897.

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